Australia's history under Howard, 1996-2007

Bonnell, Andrew and Crotty, Martin (2008) Australia's history under Howard, 1996-2007. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 617 1: 149-165. doi:10.1177/0002716207310818

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Author Bonnell, Andrew
Crotty, Martin
Title Australia's history under Howard, 1996-2007
Journal name The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-7162
Publication date 2008-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0002716207310818
Volume 617
Issue 1
Start page 149
End page 165
Total pages 17
Editor L. W. Sherman
R. W. Pearson
J. Odland
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
430101 History - Australian
Formatted abstract
This article argues that since the election of his Coalition government in 1996, John Howard and his conservative allies in government and the media have waged a long campaign to influence the representation and public understanding of Australian history. They have sought to play down the historical harm done to Indigenous Australians and to emphasize more affirming stories of the rise of a new, democratic nation. The conservatives’ waging of the “history wars” has been motivated by neoconservative ideology imported from the United States, the political interests of the Coalition government, and the personal background and convictions of the prime minister. Despite sustained criticism of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as well as the National Museum of Australia and many academic historians, and despite attempts to institute a national history curriculum, this article concludes that the history wars, for all their smoke and fury, have had only transient effects on the practice of Australian history.
Keyword John Howard
History wars
National Museum of Australia
Q-Index Code C1
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